May 18, 2011 at 9:14 AM
Assisted living in Louisiana is licensed and regulated by the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals. Assisted living in Louisiana is defined as “Adult Residential Care” that includes four different levels of providers.
Level 1 - Personal care homes: Provides room and board with personal services for 2 to 8 residents. Has a common living and dining setting.
Level 2 - Shelter care homes: Provides room and board with personal services to 9 or more residents. Has a common living and dining setting.
Level 3 - Assisted living facilities: provides individual living units with one room, a kitchenette, and a private bathroom along with personal services with personal services for more than 2 residents.
Level 4 - Adult Residential Care Provider: provides room and board, medication administration, intermittent nursing service, housekeeping, laundry, and assistance with daily living activities such as personal hygiene, dressing, transfers, and ambulation.
The cost of assisted living in Louisiana for senior housing varies depending on the assisted living facility and the location. For example, in Baton Rouge, an assisted living facility ranges from $2,150 to $3,700 per month. In the Shreveport Area, the cost ranges from $1,700 to $4,000. As for the rest of the state, the cost can range from $2,000 to $5,071, making the average cost to be $2,946.1
Usually, the cost for assisted living in Louisiana is paid from personal funds or by long term care insurance. Personal funds may come from personal savings, sale of assets, or reverse mortgages.
Note: Many seniors think Medicare will cover long-term care such as the cost of assisted living; however, Medicare does not cover custodial care such as senior housing in assisted living. For qualified low-income seniors, Louisiana's Medicaid Program for long-term care services may help cover the cost of assisted living in Louisiana.
Assisted living facilities in Louisiana are required to provide at least 120 square feet of space for single occupancy and 200 square feet for double occupancy. No more than two residents can occupy the same living unit and both residents must agree in writing to share a space.
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